Faculty-Staff Meeting

Durham Tech employees gathered in the ERC Auditorium on Friday, September 26, for a Faculty-Staff Meeting (video). After a welcome by Judy Hunter, program assistant/receptionist for College and Career Readiness, Dr. Bill Ingram presented his report, first beginning with a moment of silence to remember Sandra Covington. He then outlined upcoming activities and initiatives affecting Durham Tech: continuing to improve internal communications to encourage dialog and feedback, including accepting the recommendations of the Internal Infrastructure task force, regularly scheduling conversations with the president (the next one will be Thursday, Oct 2, 5 p.m., Wynn 1114), and providing new ways for employees to provide input.

Recognizing that tuition has risen 70 percent since 2008, Ingram outlined some ways that Durham Tech is helping students pay for their education: greatly increasing work-study opportunities, providing ConnectFunds scholarships, awarding scholarships through the Durham Tech Foundation, and creating financial literacy programs so students have a better understanding of financial aid options. Ingram also announced the addition of high school liaisons to help recruit more recent high school graduates from Durham Public Schools. Lastly, Ingram pledged to expand professional development opportunities so that instructors and staff can expand their knowledge and skills to better serve our students.

Tom Jaynes, vice president of Institutional Advancement and Support, announced the emerging themes as work on revising the strategic plan progresses. He asked the attendees to discuss the themes and offer feedback on them. There will be three Strategic Planning Discussions October 1-3 so that employees and students can provide feedback on these themes and brainstorm goals and activities associated with them. The completed plan will be presented to the Board of Trustees at the November meeting.

Dr. Karen Jackson, director of the Center for Academic Excellence, demonstrated the new tutoring service, Upswing, which provides free, 24/7 online tutorial support for students in a wide variety of subjects.

Carver Weaver, director of Marketing, premiered a new recruiting video that will air on WRAL in October. Melissa Chappell, executive director of the Durham Tech Foundation, and Dr. K. Leigh Forell, Colleague systems analyst, announced the Campus Fund Drive, which will begin in October and has a goal of $40,000. Chappell also announced that applications for mini-grants are due by October 15.

Director of Human Resources Kathy McKinley announced that open enrollment for benefits will run October 1-31. She also announced the flu shot clinic on October 22 and the Health and Wellness Fair on October 29.

Jaynes closed the meeting by recognizing employees celebrating their 10- and 15-year anniversaries with Durham Tech. He announced that the Holiday Party will be December 18 at The Cotton Room.